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Man and Horse

Neanderthal02As the ancestors of the modern horse spread across Asia and Europe 50,000 years ago they came into contact with humans. Both Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon man hunted the wild horses as a valuable source of food.

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About Breeds and Types

horsespainting01The most important thing to remember is that all breeds today are the one species known as Equus ferus caballus. The diversity of the more than 350 breeds is, we think, due to a number of factors over millions of years…

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Arabian

Arab etchedYou probably love all kinds of horses but there are a handful of breeds that have that special something that sets them apart. The Arabian is one of them. Its distinctive head, high set tail, intelligence, spirit and stamina make it one of the most impressive breeds today.

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Thoroughbreds

Muybridge racehorse 200pxThe Thoroughbred breed started in England for the specific purpose of racing. Horse racing, in England, had always been a popular pastime however it was King Charles II who decided to improve the English racing horse by introducing foreign blood-lines.

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Welsh Breeds

Tomi thmAs the name implies, the Welsh Pony and Welsh Cobs originated in Wales, in the United Kingdom. It is believed that a welsh-type breed existed in the British Isles more than 3,600 years ago and that they are descended from early native horses called Celtic ponies.

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Andalusians

131 Spanish walk titledThe Andalusian horse gets its name from Andalusia, the region in southern Spain where the breed was developed about 600 years ago.

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Australian Stock Horse

483 Light horse walersContrary to what the name suggests, horses are not native to Australia. The Australian Stock Horse was a breed that came about after years of environmental and human selection.

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American Quarter Horse

536 Rodeo3b2004-12-21This breed got its name because it is a breed that was developed in America and is the fastest horse over a quarter mile distance – simple!

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Friesians

758 Friesian-stallionJust think of a big, jet black, powerful, elegant horse with a long flowing mane and tail and you are probably thinking of a Friesian.

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